Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Out of the Political Closet

I had a letter to the editor of the Salt Lake Tribune printed today - I guess I am now out of the closet as the "radical left-wing democrat" that I am. Although that is only in relation to the majority here in Utah that in spite of all that has happened is still the strongest supporter of the current administration. Embarrassing. I think in most of the rest of the country I would be seen as a left leaning moderate, but who knows.

Read the letter here.

{Update 03/02/2007 - Unless you have archive access the link above no longer works so below is the text of the original letter. I don't remember if/how it was edited by the paper.}

A banner hanging downtown reads, "We feel safer because President Bush is in
charge." Let me state clearly that this banner does not reflect my
view, nor should it reflect the view of most Americans.

During the Bush Presidency we have:
- Trembled as family members marched to wars that have no clear
objective or timeline and that serve to incite and inflame our
- Heard of the torture of prisoners in foreign lands and in American bases.
- Seen the loss of civil liberties, and privacy protections guaranteed
by the constitution yet ignored under presidential fiat.
- Witnessed decreased tolerance, the government funding of
"faith-based" initiatives, and an erosion of both the separation
of Church and State and the founder's ideals of plurality.
- Watched as the religious right and so called "Christian Nationalists"
successfully mandate the teaching of revisionist history and science
in our schools, eroding the principles of reasoned scholarship and

Under the leadership of President Bush, we watched the towers fall,
and the rise of the political culture of fear. I certainly don't feel
safer because President Bush is in charge.


Anonymous said...

If I hadn't read it myself, I wouldn't believe it - a Democrat in Utah! It's nice to see that there are some intelligent people living in Utah after all!! Your letter was excellent. I, like you, live in "red" country. I am constantly being chided for being a Democrat - or as the Conservatives like to say a "ical liberal". LOL

I came to your blog looking for help with something...then I started reading your blog... and I was totally impressed. My cousin is a cyclist (he rode his bike from Los Angeles to Fond du Lac, WI - his hometown).

Anywho, I"m contacting you via your blog because I couldn't find any other way to send you an email.

I am a 40 year-old, female student from Wisconsin. I took a C# programming class - for an elective for my programming course - and am *tanking* it. I received an incomplete in it last semester but have to finish it within the next month.

I have two chapters left - which equates to four assignments. Can you, by any chance, help me?

I've been looking for someone, ANYONE, who knows this stuff - but am LOST and starting to freak about it. Age apparently did not make me wiser. LOL C# is relatively new and, as I have discovered, few if any people actually know or understand it. UGH.

My email is cewerdt@yahoo.com.

Chrissy (Christine Ewerdt)

Old Chewie said...

Or they would just recognize you for the nut you really are! :p

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